One of my life philosophies is, “If my stomach is happy, then I’m happy.” That’s why I’m very fortunate to: 1. live in Berkeley, home of great ethnic food, awesome produce, and relatively affordable fancy cuisine, and 2. have a friend like JA, who can cook like no one I’ve ever known. I mean, a lot of my friends can cook a great meal — don’t get me wrong. But JA puts amazing meals together with such effortlessness. Me, I sit there and stare at a recipe, try to commit it to memory, but inevitably return to said recipe again and again. Even stuff I’ve cooked 5, 10 times, I still rely on recipes too much. JA says things like, “How about I grill some pork medallions with zucchini, then drizzle it with bourbon and coconut reduction?” UM, YES PLEASE, THANK YOU.
(As an aside, JA might be familiar to loyal readers, as many of you were big fans of his breakfast sandwich.)
Below are 3 different meals between May and July made by JA. Bon apetit!
First up! JA had me and KP over for leftovers: coconut curry with carrots, onions, and other veggies (sorry the exact contents have escaped my memory) over romaine, with freshly grilled chicken thighs. The photo doesn’t do the meal justice.
Next: JA treated me to a home cooked, three-course dinner, with wine pairings. It was awesome.
Finally, we have a special meal that JA prepared when SM came to visit me in Berkeley. On the menu: grilled pizza and flourless chocolate cake!
Not pictured: seasonal cocktails and homemade corn salsa were served as we waited for the pizza dough to thaw. Not too shabby, huh?